Sita Report: Smart Thinking by Airlines and Airports

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SITA’s research shows business intelligence and predictive analytics will enhance travel for passengers


Dublin, Ireland, April 11, 2014 -(PressReleasePoint)- More than half of passengers would use their mobiles for flight status, baggage status and airport directions and by 2016 the majority of airlines and airports will offer these services. In total, 100% of airlines and 90% of airports are investing in business intelligence solutions to provide the intelligent information across their operations which these, and other services, demand. This is according to Smart Thinking, released by SITA today at CAPA’s Airlines in Transition Summit in Dublin.

SITA, the IT and communications provider to the air transport community, regularly conducts global research on airports, airlines and passengers. This provides the unique opportunity to look across the entire industry and identify alignment, misalignment, and potential for acceleration.  SITA’s Smart Thinking is based on this global research and incorporates additional input from leading airlines and airports including British Airways, Saudia, Dublin Airport Authority, London City Airport and Heathrow.

According to SITA’s paper, flight status updates are already a mainstream mobile service and will extend to the vast majority of airlines and airports by the end of 2016. By then, what today are niche services will also be well established. Bag status updates will be offered by 61% of airlines; and 79% of airports will provide status notifications, such as queues times through security and walking time to gate. More than three quarters will also be providing navigation/way-finding at the airport via mobile apps.

Nigel Pickford, Director, Market Insight, SITA, said: “Our research has clearly shown that the move to smartphone apps and mobile services is well underway. But many of the services that airlines and airports are planning are heavily dependent on their ability to provide more meaningful data and insight - providing passengers and staff the right information at the right time. Efforts are being made across the industry to collaborate and SITA has established the Business Intelligence Maturity Index to benchmark the progress.”

Pickford continued: “We asked airlines and airports to measure themselves in four categories of business intelligence best practice for this index: Data Access and Management; Infrastructure; Data Presentation; and Governance. Our analysis shows that on average the industry is only halfway to achieving best-in-class and further progress is needed.”

There are ongoing efforts across the industry to establish data standards and ensure system compatibility. Pickford added: “Though the picture is not perfect now, change is coming. All airlines and 90% of airports are planning to make business intelligence investments in the coming three years. Both face the issue though that while passengers are very keen to access information about their journey, they are also sensitive about privacy. The smart use of non-intrusive passenger information however will provide benefits to airlines and passengers.”

SITA’s report describes how today the focus is on building the foundation for business intelligence but looking ahead the combination of business intelligence plus predictive analysis will help improve the passenger experience, while optimizing the use of infrastructure and space at airports.  In the past, airlines and airports had no choice but to react when “irregular” events such as bad weather disrupted their finely-tuned schedules. Using business intelligence they will be more proactive by analyzing past events and combining live data feeds from multiple sources to predict future events and take preventative action before they occur. By making the transition from reactive to proactive to preventative there are significant benefits to be gained for passengers and the industry alike.

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Notes to Editors:

About SITA:
SITA is the world's leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions. SITA delivers and manages business solutions for airline, airport, GDS, government and other customers over the world’s most extensive network, which forms the communications backbone of the global air transport industry.

SITA’s portfolio includes managed global communications, infrastructure and outsourcing services, as well as services for airline commercial management and passenger operations, flight operations, aircraft operations and air-to-ground communications, airport management and operations, baggage operations, transportation security and border management, cargo operations and more.

With a customer service team of over 2,000 staff around the world, SITA invests significantly in achieving best-in-class customer service, providing integrated local and global support for both its communications and IT application services.

SITA has two main subsidiaries: OnAir, which is the leading provider of in-flight connectivity, and CHAMP Cargosystems, the world's only IT company dedicated solely to air cargo. SITA also operates a joint venture, Aviareto, which provides aircraft asset management to the air transport community.

SITA is one of the world's most international companies. Its global reach is based on local presence, with services for around 450 air transport industry members and 2,800 customers in over 200 countries and territories. Set up in 1949 with 11 member airlines, SITA today employs people of more than 140 nationalities, speaking over 70 different languages. SITA had consolidated revenues of US$1.57 billion in 2012.

For further information go to www.sita.aero


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